Azerbaijan's Share of Georgian Market Rising: Minister
Azerbaijani gas will be a priority for Georgia in its purchasing of natural gas in the future if it needs additional fuel, Ilya Eloshvili, the new Georgian energy minister, said in an exclusive interview with Azerbaijan news agency Trend.
“The statistics show that in Georgia the gas demand in 2016 was 2.2bn m3, where the share of the Azerbaijani company Socar was 59%, the gas from the Azerbaijani gas condensate field Shah Deniz accounted for 35%, and the share of Russian gas was 5%, while local production covered an insignificant part of the country’s gas demand, which was 0.3 percent. A similar situation is likely to continue in 2017-2018,” the minister said.
A month ago Eloshvili said that Georgia would buy gas from Gazprom only if necessary.